If you’re not excited right now, you really should be. Ford’s blue collar supercar - itself a spiritual successor to the old GT40 - now has a descendent, and this is it. As we had been expecting, this stunning two-door coupe has a mid-mounted 3.5-litre ‘Ecoboost’ V6, which thanks to a pair of turbochargers kicks out “more than 600hp,” all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
At the car’s core is a carbon fibre passenger cell, which is clad in carbon fibre body panels. The front and rear subframes, meanwhile, are made from aluminium. All this should result in one incredibly light supercar; Ford is promising “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.”
It gets torsion bar and pushrod suspension, plus an adjustable ride height. 20-inch alloy wheels fill each corner, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 boots with a compound and structure designed specifically for the car. The set of carbon ceramic brake discs it sports should ensure face-rearranging stopping power.
Step inside the cockpit - accessed via a pair of upwards-swinging doors - and you’ll find a pair of seats which are directly integrated into the carbon passenger cell - another weight saving measure.
The best part of all this? It’s going into production. Next year. The launch of this car will rather deliberately coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s triumphant 1966 Le Mans outing, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
Tue Jan 13 2015 23:52:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)